Barbara Geddes, who earned her Ph.D. from UC, Berkeley, has written about autocratic politics, regime transition, bureaucratic reform and corruption, political bargaining over institutional change, and research design. Her current research focuses on politics in dictatorships. Her publications include Paradigms and Sand Castles: Theory Building and Research Design in Comparative Politic (2003); Politician’s Dilemma: Building State Capacity in Latin America (1994); “What Causes Democratization?” in The Oxford Handbook of Political Science (2009); “Autocratic Breakdown and Regime Transitions” (with Erica Frantz and Joseph Wright) in Perspectives on Politics (2014); and “Military Rule” (with Joseph Wright and Erica Frantz) in the Annual Review of Political Science (2014). The Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association awarded her the Bingham Powell Graduate Mentoring Award in 2014. She teaches Latin American politics, authoritarian politics, and research design at UCLA.